Wiener Schnitzel, fried veal

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Wiener Schnitzel is recognised as the national dish of Austria. The dish consists of very thinly sliced breaded veal. It is one of the best known of the dishes of the Austrian capital, Vienna.

To make this dish gather together 4 veal cutlets, pounded very thin, scaloppinistyle, salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 eggs, beaten, 2 tablespoons water, 2 cups plain, dry bread crumbs, vegetable oil, for frying, and lemon wedges.

To prepare, first dry the veal cutlets and season them with salt and pepper. Place bread crumbs in a bowl and put in flour in 1, eggs and water in two other bowls. Beat the eggs and water together and place each veal cutlet in first the flour the eggs and then bread crumbs. Place each coated veal cutlet onto a platter.

In a skillet, place the vegetable oil, halfway through the skillet and heat over a medium flame.

Place each cutlet into the heated oil and fry. Each cutlet will be thin enough to fry within two minutes on either side. Then remove from the skillet and drain on a paper towel. Serve the cutlets with wedges.

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Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti

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Nothing says Italy like biscotti. These long, oval, crunchy, flavoured biscuits can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee, tea, or on their own. Biscotti, also known as cantuccini are twice baked biscuits that originated in the Italian city of Prato.

To make the cinnamon hazelnut biscotti take 3/4 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup hazelnuts.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy and beat in the eggs and vanilla. Sift in flour cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and mix it into the egg mixture. Add the hazelnuts.

Next shape the dough into logs and place on the baking sheet and flatten to about a ½ inch. Bake for 30 minutes until the edges are brown and the centre is firm. Remove from the oven and when cool enough to handle, slice into long ovals. Return to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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Torta Rustica, ethnic treat

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The Torta Rustica is an easy Cuban, Greek, or Italian dish that can be eaten for breakfast or lunch. The dish which is a complete meal consisting of carbohydrates, vegetables, and food from animals, is a fairly heavy meal and best eaten before late hours.

Gather together 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup cornmeal, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup butter, diced 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons cold water, 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese, 4 ounces feta cheese, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 egg 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 pound ham slices, chopped frozen chopped spinach, roasted red peppers, and 1 egg.

To prepare add flour, cornmeal, and salt and cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Beat in eggs and cold water and mix it into the flour mixture until the dough forms. Shape2/3 of the mixture into a flattened round and repeat the process with the remaining 1/3 and place in the refrigerator.

In a separate bowl, mix the cheese, 1 egg, parsley, basil, and oregano until blended. In an 8 inch round baking dish rollout the dough mixture and place the flattened portion in the bottom of the pan. Use the remaining 1/3 to wrap in the round section of the dish and add the cheese mixture. Add the peppers in single layer and top with the mozzarella and press down. Cover with the remaining dough and seal the edges. Use the remaining egg to top the mixture and bake in an oven at 375 degrees F or until the crust is golden brown. Once done, cool, cut into wedges and serve.

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Italian Sausage Lasagna, sweet

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There is nothing like tasty Italian lasagna to tickle the taste buds. This is the Italian sausage lasagna (read here other news).

To make you will need 12 lasagna noodles, 1 poundsweet Italian sausage, 2/3 cupchoppedonions, 1/2 tablespoonminced garlic, 2/3 cupchopped parsley, 3 cans tomato paste, 1 cantomato sauce, 2 cups water, 1 1/2 teaspoonsItalian seasoning , 1 1/2 teaspoonsdried oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoonsdried basil leaves , 1 poundpart-skim ricotta cheese, 1 packagechopped spinach, 1/2 cupgrated Parmesan cheese , 3eggs , 2 teaspoons garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper , and 3 cupsshredded mozzarella cheese.

First preheat an oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Then bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook for about 10 minutes.

In a saucepan over a medium flame, cook the sausages with onions, garlic, and parsley. Then add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, oregano, and basil and mix carefully. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.

In a separate bowl, mix parsley, ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, eggs, garlic salt, and pepper. Spread some sauce in the bottom of the baking dish and layer with 4 noodles, 1/2 cheese mix, 1/3 remaining sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella.

Repeat and make last layer noodles, sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Cover pan with aluminum foil.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

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Chicken parmesan

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Cheese, especially parmesan cheese (read here other news) adds a little touch of flavor to just about every meal. It spices up chicken, beef, or pork.

To make chicken parmesan, you need 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, salt, black pepper, 2 eggs, 4 cups bread crumbs, 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, 1/2 cup grated provolone cheese, and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Put chicken breasts between two sheets of heavy plastic on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to pieces ½ inch thick; season with salt and pepper. Next beat eggs and set aside. Then mix bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan in a separate bowl and set aside. Sift flour and sprinkle over chicken breasts, evenly coating both sides. Dip in beaten eggs and transfer to breadcrumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into both sides.

Repeat for each breast and set aside for about 15 minutes. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over a medium flame and cook chicken until golden for about 2 minutes on either side.

Place chicken in a baking dish and top with about 1/3 cup of tomato sauce. Then layer each breast with mozzarella, basil, and provolone. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is browned and bubbly, and chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes.

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Spanish Flan, sweet dessert

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The flan, also known as crème caramel or caramel custard in some countries, is a tasty simple sweet dessert that may be served at fancy dinner parties as part of a variety for guests.

It differs from plain custard because of its sugary base which becomes its topping when inverted.

The recipe calls for 1 cup white sugar, 3 eggs, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 can evaporated milk, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Ahead of preparation preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

Then in a medium saucepan over a medium low flame, melt sugar until it turns into liquid and golden in colour. Slowly and carefully pour the hot sugary syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish making sure to turn the dish to ensure that the sides and bottom are evenly coated. Place aside.

In a large bowl, beat eggs; then beat in the condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth. Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes. When finished allow to cool completely.

After the flan has been completely cooled and you are ready to serve, carefully invert the flan on a serving plate with edges.

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Ravioli, magnific italian food

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To make the pasta use 6 cups all-purpose flour, 6 eggs, 3/4 cup water, and 2 teaspoons olive oil.

For the sauce use 1 can crushed tomatoes, 1 cup tomato puree, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup tomato paste, 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons minced basil, 1 tablespoon minced parsley, 1 tablespoon minced oregano, 1 garlic clove, minced, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

For the filling use 1 carton of ricotta cheese, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, lightly beaten, 2 teaspoons minced basil, 1 teaspoon minced parsley, 1 teaspoon minced oregano, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Place flour in a large bowl, make a well in the center and add beaten eggs, water and oil. Stir to form a ball. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

In a pot combine the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. In a bowl, combine the filling ingredients and refrigerate until ready for use.

Divide pasta dough into fourths, place teaspoonfuls of filling 1 inch apart over half of pasta sheet. Brush around filling with water, ffold sheet and press down to seal. Cut into squares with a pastry wheel.

Boil salted water and add ravioli. Simmer and cook until ravioli float to the top and are tender. Drain. Cover with sauce and serve.

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